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I thought I have finally been able to wrap my head around this structure, but it seems no, not really.

So I have seen this sentence:

昨晚我的朋友_表达_得很明确。

But according to my native speaker friend, you cannot say:

昨晚我的朋友_表达表_得很明确。

However, he also said you can make the following sentence:

昨晚我的朋友_表达_意思_表达_得很明确。

My thinking was that verb repeating kicks in when there is an object, but then he made this sentence:

昨晚我的朋友_讲话讲_得很明确。

Hence my questions:

  1. Does this mismatch come from the fact that 表达 is just a verb, while 讲话 is technically a verb + object, just like 游泳,吃饭,放假 etc.?
  2. Can I just say _表达_意思_表 without repeating the 达 part, as in 他_讲课讲_得好, 每年冬天我们_放假放_三个星期 etc.?
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  1. Yes. 表达 isn't a VO, it can't be split like you're trying to split it.

  2. No. 表 isn't used by itself as a verb like that.

Also you could just opt for something much simpler like: 已经说得很清楚, rather than the mouthful that your current sentence would become.

  • Agree: Both 表(show) and 达(express) are verb – Tang Ho Aug 20 at 7:53

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